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Sales Manager Average Salary in Malaysia 2020

How much money does a Sales Manager make in Malaysia?

Average Monthly Salary
12,000 MYR
( 144,000 MYR yearly)


A person working as a Sales Manager in Malaysia typically earns around 12,000 MYR per month. Salaries range from 5,990 MYR (lowest) to 18,600 MYR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Sales Manager salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Sales Manager Salary Distribution in Malaysia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Sales Manager salaries in Malaysia range from 5,990 MYR per month (minimum salary) to 18,600 MYR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 12,000 MYR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Sales Manager(s) are earning less than 12,000 MYR while the other half are earning more than 12,000 MYR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Sales Manager(s) are earning less than 8,090 MYR while 75% of them are earning more than 8,090 MYR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Sales Manager(s) are earning less than 15,300 MYR while 25% are earning more than 15,300 MYR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Sales Manager Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Sales Manager salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Sales Manager with less than two years of experience makes approximately 7,190 MYR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 9,510 MYR per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 12,700 MYR per month, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Sales Manager(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 15,200 MYR per month, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 16,400 MYR per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 17,600 MYR per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Sales Manager average salary change by experience in Malaysia

0 - 2 Years
7,190 MYR
2 - 5 Years+32%
9,510 MYR
5 - 10 Years+34%
12,700 MYR
10 - 15 Years+19%
15,200 MYR
15 - 20 Years+8%
16,400 MYR
20+ Years+7%
17,600 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Sales Manager Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Sales Manager(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Sales Manager salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Sales Manager is 9,010 MYR per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 10,300 MYR per month, 14% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 13,900 MYR per month, 36% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 17,600 MYR per month, 26% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Sales Manager average salary difference by education level in Malaysia

High School
9,010 MYR
Certificate or Diploma+14%
10,300 MYR
Bachelor's Degree+36%
13,900 MYR
Master's Degree+26%
17,600 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Malaysia costs anywhere from 39,400 Malaysian Ringgit(s) to 118,000 Malaysian Ringgit(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Sales Manager Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Malaysia Sales Manager
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Sales Manager employees in Malaysia earn 6% more than their female counterparts.

11,600 MYR
12,300 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Malaysia for all Careers

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Sales Manager Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Malaysia

How much are annual salary increments in Malaysia for Sales Manager(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

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Sales Manager(s) in Malaysia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Malaysia / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Malaysia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Malaysia for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Sales Manager Bonus and Incentive Rates in Malaysia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Malaysia Sales Manager
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A Sales Manager is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

20% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 80% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 8% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Sales Manager employees in Malaysia earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
7,550 MYR
Public Sector+9%
8,220 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Sales Manager Salary Trend and Forecast in Malaysia

How are Sales Manager salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
10,800 MYR
Average Salary 2017+4%
11,200 MYR
Average Salary 2018+3%
11,500 MYR
Average Salary 2019+1%
11,700 MYR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Sales Manager salaries in Malaysia are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Sales Manager Average Hourly Wage in Malaysia

69 MYR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Malaysia is 69 MYR. This means that the average Sales Manager in Malaysia earns approximately 69 MYR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Sales Manager VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Sales Manager and Sales Retail and Wholesale monthly Malaysia
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The average salary for Sales Manager is 42% more than that of Sales Retail and Wholesale. Also, Sales Retail and Wholesale salaries are 7% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Account Officer6,040 MYR-50%
Area Sales Manager12,100 MYR+1%
Assistant Department Manager4,690 MYR-61%
Assistant Retail Store Manager6,920 MYR-42%
Branch Manager9,780 MYR-18%
Cashier4,540 MYR-62%
Cashier Manager6,450 MYR-46%
Depot Manager10,600 MYR-12%
Deputy Sales Manager8,540 MYR-29%
Distribution Director11,000 MYR-8%
Global Wholesale Manager14,400 MYR+20%
Head Cashier6,570 MYR-45%
Head of Retail11,100 MYR-7%
Head Teller6,780 MYR-43%
Inside Sales Executive8,310 MYR-31%
Inside Sales Representative5,460 MYR-54%
Inventory Manager8,710 MYR-27%
Key Account Manager8,650 MYR-28%
Medical Device Sales7,070 MYR-41%
National Customer Solution Specialist10,300 MYR-14%
Parts Salesperson5,090 MYR-58%
Project Development Manager9,870 MYR-18%
Project Manager9,970 MYR-17%
Purchasing and Sales Executive12,700 MYR+6%
Quotation Engineer6,190 MYR-48%
Relationship Manager10,800 MYR-10%
Retail Operations Manager9,780 MYR-18%
Retail Sales Associate7,070 MYR-41%
Retail Store Manager8,070 MYR-33%
Revenue Manager9,290 MYR-22%
Sales Account Manager10,300 MYR-14%
Sales Admin Executive12,400 MYR+4%
Sales Assistant4,790 MYR-60%
Sales Associate5,700 MYR-52%
Sales Consultant6,680 MYR-44%
Sales Coordinator6,060 MYR-49%
Sales Development Representative6,420 MYR-46%
Sales Engineer6,990 MYR-42%
Sales Executive10,700 MYR-11%
Sales Manager12,000 MYR+0%
Sales Officer5,630 MYR-53%
Sales Planning Analyst8,250 MYR-31%
Sales Representative5,140 MYR-57%
Sales Specialist7,480 MYR-38%
Sales Support5,430 MYR-55%
Sales Team Leader7,300 MYR-39%
Sales Trainer7,580 MYR-37%
Securities Sales Agent8,780 MYR-27%
Shipper / Receiver4,740 MYR-60%
Shop Manager8,480 MYR-29%
Store Development Administrator6,680 MYR-44%
Trade Marketing Officer8,530 MYR-29%
Treasury Officer8,020 MYR-33%
Vice President Sales11,400 MYR-5%
Visual Merchandiser6,170 MYR-48%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Ampang10,900 MYR
Ipoh13,700 MYR
Johor Bahru12,400 MYR
Klang11,700 MYR
Kota Kinabalu11,800 MYR
Kuala Lumpur13,000 MYR
Kuching12,200 MYR
Petaling Jaya13,400 MYR
Shah Alam12,600 MYR
Subang Jaya12,300 MYR
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